“One of emo’s lesser known, but still important bands, Speedwell existed between 1996-1998 and again between 2000-2003 and released a 7”, an EP and had a song on Emo Diaries #3. Start to Finish is a complete collection of everything Speedwell did during its existence, remastered beautifully. If you are unfamiliar with their music, they sound like a cross of early Promise Ring, The Anniversary and even a little bit of Texas Is The Reason. If 90’s emo is your thing, then Speedwell’s Start to Finish is a must. (Coolidge Records)”
“Too bad Start is an end, as Speedwell’s D.C. indie bona fides were eminent. Four of the 1996-1998 and 2000-2003 co-ed quintet’s tracks were set down at legendary Dischord go-to studio, Inner Ear. Four others were recorded by Gray Matter’s Geoff Turner, and another by Velocity Girl’s Archie Moore. Interestingly, this reverse-chronology anthology bridges the conception gap between the late ‘80s Dischord emo of Turner’s greats (and 3, Egg Hunt, Rites of Spring, etc.) and the early’90s indie pop of Moore’s (and High Back Chairs, Lilys, Black Tambourine, etc.). They’ve got that clenching, about-to-snap aggression of the former (their 7” “Pacifique” b/w “Smoke to Smother”), and the more varied melodic obligingness of the latter. Start’s 17 selections include their 7”, EP, compilation tracks, and demos, all suggesting that, like too many of their capitol predecessors (and The Hindenburg, which they radio-reference), they broke up too early.”
"If new emo bands sounded like this instead of what they actually sound like, the world would be a better place, for me ... This CD is an interesting insight into a pretty minor band from the genre but for old emo heads there is enough here to intrigue if you didn’t catch it the first time round (I certainly didn’t), and it might excite a few new folk too."
"...without warning, a few weeks ago, I learned from Facebook that these guys came out with a discography in MP3 format to gather everything they wrote over ten years ago now. The discography is called "Start To Finish" and it brought me to tears....I do not know who Speedwell was, at the time. High school students who were having fun? Friends who wanted to burn down the world? Students who were simply bored? No idea. No interest. I know what they meant to me. This discography is reminding me with a fucking big slap in the face." "This is an album of perfect Midwest emo ... with just enough abrasiveness to make your heart a little raw” .
“A rousing, breathless blast from the past of pop-punk with a Moogy-loop as a hook, "Calling on Columbia Pike" by Speedwell may have been recorded 10 years ago, but it belongs on any Summer of 2013 mixtape.”
“And here we are, some 10 years later with the news of an upcoming release for Coolidge Records that compiles their entire recorded output (plus some unreleased tracks)—all of which has been remastered—and is due out July 16th. The new album will be called Start To Finish, and you can check out the album artwork above. The first track to be released from the album is “Calling On Columbia Pike,” and between its memorable keyboard intro and lightning fast guitar licks, it is a perfect introduction to the band. Sung by bassist Minter, the track is all whirling pop fury and punk attitude—roaring past like an out of control steam locomotive, barely managing to stay on the rails. Beats Per Minute is pleased to premiere the first track, “Calling On Columbia Pike,” from Speedwell’s upcoming compilation Start To Finish.”
“I always like when music is unearthed and given new life. That is the case with the posthumous debut full length from Speedwell titled Start To Finish. The band began in the fall of 1996 as Meredith Bragg, Troy Farmer, and Jonathan Roth with Brian Minter coming in a bit later. Speedwell eventually released an EP and broke up twice. Coolidge Records has now given Start To Finish life and released their debut which consists of 17 songs, including rare and unreleased tracks, and all re-mastered at West West Side Music. The song “This Is Us” definitely has that late 90′s early 00′s sound going on comparable to the likes of Sunny Day Real Estate and The Dismemberment Plan. You can hear the premiere of “This Is Us” below.”
“Washington DC’s Speedwell broke up in 2003. Although they are gone they are hoping they are not forgotten. You see, the band never released a formal LP until now. Start to Finish will be released on July 16th and it collects all the bands songs that appeared on various compilations. The album’s lead single is “Calling On Columbia Pike.” The track sounds from a bygone time when emo, synth pop, and pop punk merged with bands like The Anniversary or the Get Up Kids. Basically this reminds me of high school years but in a good way.”